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Phred

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  1. I have the Cyberq Cloud and liked the ability to monitor cooks via my smartphone but found the software frequently lost connection to my router and was a pain to reconfigure. I also wasn't interested in the Share My Cook feature. Switched to Cyber Cook software and like the program better although I can't monitor cooks on my Android smartphone (use an iPad instead, which in my case means it has to be on my home wifi and I can't monitor while running a brief errand during a long cook). Fortunately the KK is so stable that little monitoring is really required.
  2. Oban for me, but have enjoyed Hibiki in the past. Fred Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. Total price for 30 boxes (I think that's 600 pounds) to business with forklift in zip 97701? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Phred

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    Yes, the heat/chaff tube is on the outside. Regular cleaning is a shop vac to clean out the area around the burners and the chaff tube (which has a hinged door to allow easy access). Mine is still pretty new so I haven't opened it up yet to clean the fan blades, lubricate the drum shaft, etc. Those steps are in my near future and I imagine I'll have a few choice words for the machine at that point. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
  5. Phred

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    Good info and suggestions from FotonDrv for you. I would only clarify that the 500 gm North does have a drum speed control (as well as air). The lack of stirring arms is true but not much of an issue for me given the smaller amount of beans being dumped and the ability to just stir them with a hand or spoon in the cooling tray. The fan does a good job of cooling them down quickly. For the limited amount we consume each week, I couldn't justify the extra $1,500 for the 1 kgm roaster even though it does offer some advantages. I may use those savings to upgrade my grinder--it is the most surprisingly important component in the overall mix of equipment.
  6. Phred

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    It's home-barista.com Another option is the Gene Cafe. Fred Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Phred

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    I prefer a Northern Italian style of Espresso which is a lighter roast, stopping before or just after 2nd crack. The Behmor could do that and could get close to a Full Vienna when the quartz elements were new (dark beans with oil on the surface). The newer version has better control but you're still roasting a bit blind with little control over various elements ( temp, airflow, drum speed). I think the Behmor is a great starter machine-better than poppers or air roasters if you want some body in your roasts and greater capacity. The downside is the slow cooling ( which led to the nickname "Bakemore"). I combatted that by opening the door and using a shop vac to suck out the hot air. I never could justify the cost given the limitations of the Hottop, Quest, or Huky. So I waited and took the bigger step up to the North (after 8-10 years, I don't recall offhand how long I've had the Behmore). The Quest, Hottop, and Huky are all viable alternatives. There's lots of info on them in the home roasting section of homebarista.com Or you could be real trailblazer and figure out how to do a bbq roast on the KK! I hope some of this helps, Fred Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Phred

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    I used one of the original Behmors for several years to roast for espresso and finally upgraded last fall to the 500 gram North coffee roaster from Mill City Roasters (https://millcityroasters.com/shop/coffee-roasters/500g-1lb-gas-coffee-roaster/). It's more expensive than either the Behmor or Hottop and so might not be the right starter roaster (you may not enjoy roasting or might be dissatisfied with your results). The Behmor was ideal for me as a starter but eventually I got tired of the amount of time it took to roast different beans to go into blends (the Behmor requires one hour between batches). The North gives much more control over the roast (especially using Artisan software which is free), has a good support forum and good support from the importer, and allows for back-to-roasts, resulting in much less time required to roast each week. The roaster is made in China, like many these days, but has been trouble free. If you go through a pound or two of coffee a week, I think it's one of the better options and values out there. The end result is a step up from the Behmor with lots of room for further improvement as you refine your process and skill. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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